Our Achievements

Bassoonists

A couple of weeks ago Jo Todd (our woodwind teacher) took William, Liam and Nicholas to a bassoon day run by the music hub with a visiting expert from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. They had a great day with lots of tips, inspiration and LOADS of ensemble playing. Their lips were very tired by the end but they joined in wherever they could, tried extremely hard and their playing has benefitted hugely in so many respects. It was a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

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Literacy Success

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Congratulations to Eve, Lara and Lewis! Oak Class entered a competition run by the National Literacy Trust. Drawing on the award-winning series as inspiration, Oak Class wrote and illustrated their own Timmy Failure detective story using characters from the books. Stories were a maximum of 500 words and contained at least one illustration. Lewis, Lara and Eve’s entries were awarded a runners up prize and each will receive a set of Timmy Failure books. Well done! You can click on each picture to read their stories.

Budding Bassonists!

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William, Liam and Nicholas had a fun afternoon at a bassoon day enrichment in Bristol.  They heard a wide range of music both old and new played beautifully by a professional bassoonist including even a duet for bassoon and (pre – recorded! ) whale song!

They learnt about the instrument, it’s history and the kind of music that composers have written for it and Liam even had ‘Happy Birthday’ played to him by the bassoonist on just the reed alone! They got to hold a full sized instrument although sadly there wasn’t time to have a blow.

They were kindly taken by Mrs Jo Todd their woodwind teacher and parent. Thank you Jo.

Exeter Cathedral Choristers

This picture was taken on Saturday at Exeter Cathedral as three of our pupils, Felix, Jessie and Owen plus an ex Dunsford pupil Theo and Ruen (brother of Felix) spent a day “being choristers” and finished the day off singing at the Christingle service with the Cathedral choristers and 45 other “choristers for the day”.

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Writing Competition Winners

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We have some fabulous news for you! We have heard back from the National Literacy Trust and one of our Y3 children has won their latest national writing competition!

For her entertaining and well-written postcard, Daisy Crumby was chosen as the winner! She is the lucky recipient of a Where’s Wally? book pack and £50 in book vouchers and our school will receive an afternoon of storytelling performances and workshops, a Where’s Wally? wall and a collection of £100 of Walker Book titles for the school library. Additionally Daisy’s postcard will be published on their website.

What a prize! Well done, Daisy. All of the children are thrilled for her and they’re looking forward to an exciting afternoon. I’d like to thank Mrs Carne, our Writing Subject Leader, for all of her hard work and enthusiasm behind the scenes to encourage, develop and promote progress and attainment in writing across the school.

Link to Daisy’s winning entry

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My Favourite Place in Devon

Earlier this year, Hawthorn and Oak Class children entered a writing competition. They were invited to write about their favourite place in Devon.
I am delighted to tell you that several of our children are winners! Do
read this message from the competition organisers:
We received an overwhelming number of entries into our Young Creatives award scheme but we are pleased to say that Ben J, Ailsa, Yasmin, Eve and Hannah C were shortlisted in their categories! Unfortunately they were not successful in winning our final prizes, but they have won a £5 book token each and a certificate stating their finalist position.
Congratulations and thank you for helping them enter! We will put their winning entries onto the website as soon as we can, so that you can enjoy them for yourselves. Well done to all five of you!

Steps Bridge Eve    Mardon Down by Ailsa   Lydford Gorge by Ben

Halstow Woods by Yasmin    Dartmoor by Hannah C

Well done, Leo!
Leo did brilliantly in his gymnastics competition with his squad over half term. He was taking part in the Presidential Classic 2015 Men’s Competition in Orlando, Florida. About 120 under-15 year olds took part in this international competition. Leo’s age group was made up of 11 children and he came 5th overall: he scored 2nd place on the vault, 4th on the rings, 5th on the high bars and the pommel horse, and 9th on the floor. Well done, Leo!

 

Congratulations to one of our year 5’s Lara, who entered the University of Exeter’s Exetreme Imagination “Poppies” Poetry Competition. Lara won a £50 book token. Please click here to read here to read her poem.

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Another of our year 5 girls, Eve, was lucky enough to have her ‘Colours of War’ poem featured in the Guardian newspaper. Well done Eve. To view the article and read her poem please click here.

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Some of our year 4 children entered the Campaign to Protect Rural England Pam Parker Map Competition. The aim of the competition is for children to produce a map of their village that visitors could use to find their way around. The judges found one of the maps produced by Emily “quite delightful and worthy of a special award”. She received a £10 book token. Well done Emily.

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Congratulations to Melissa in Y3 who was awarded a green Blue Peter Badge for writing a letter about her garden pond. Melissa didn’t like her pond being so overgrown and untidy so she decided to do something about it. Now it is a beautiful, thriving pond with fish and other wildlife.

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We were really proud to hear that Ben in Y3 was awarded a green Blue Peter badge recently! He sent in a fantastic letter – do read it below, just click on the picture to enlarge. Well done, Ben!

We are really proud that one of our pupils Archie Y5 has won a photography competition. Here is his winning entry.

Monte Carlo Casino in the mirrorOne of our pupils George Y3 attended a Film Club during the summer holidays. This is a link to the brilliant film that George and his club mates produced. Your children can ask in school for the password to access this film.